What are the differences between conservative and liberal personalities and brains?

Left Brain, Right Brain; One Brain, Two Brain: The Difference Between Conservatives and Liberals


Reading time: 5 minutes
Ever look at your favorite drunk uncle at Thanksgiving and think he seems like he’s a completely different species? Well, you’re not far off. There are real and significant differences between liberal and conservative brains, but they don’t have to define us.

What are the characteristics that mass shooters have in common?

A Recipe for Making Mass Shooters


Reading time: 4 minutes
Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew the factors that made a mass shooter so we could look out for those things and maybe intervene before the mass shooting happened? You know with mental health services and stuff. WOW! We actually know what makes a mass shooter.

What are the cognitive shortcuts that people use that cause us so many problems?

Humans are the Problem


Reading time: 6 minutes
The very things that we evolved to help us become the most dominant species on the planet are the very things that are killing us now. Find out why we can’t have nice things and maybe never will. How are we worseing our problems?

How close is the US to facing an armed insurgency? Damn close.

Civil War: Know the Warning Signs


Reading time: 6 minutes
How close is the US to facing an armed insurgency? Damn close. We’re already on the cusp of stage 3. We’re living in an anocracy. We have sharply divided identity politics dominated by white grievance. We are closer than most of us think.

How does binge-watching TV shows create a dopamine trap?

An Infinite Dopamine Loop


Reading time: 3 minutes
We live in evil times. I’m not talking about the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Putin’s War in Ukraine, the naked authoritarian threat to our democracy, I’m talking about the use of persuasive design to keep us binge-watching TV rather than doing our chores!

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